Laura Arnow grew up on the east coast but migrated to California to attend UC Santa Cruz, where she studied Environmental Studies and planned to save the world. After several other careers as a wildlife biologist, editor, tall ship sailor, recycling coordinator, and park ranger, she settled down to teach elementary school--first in the Bay Area, then in Laos, and finally in Monterey Bay. Laura coaches the Green Team at her school, and has also coached underwater robotics and gardening. She and her students have participated in the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Ocean Plastic Pollution Summit for the past 5 years, and in the Algalita Plastic Ocean Pollution Summit in 2019, and she has created Ocean Guardian school programs at her current site (Calabasas Elementary in Watsonville) and at Soquel Elementary School. Known as the Field Trip Queen at her school, she is happiest outdoors hiking and sketching in her nature journal with kids or without.